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Discussion in 'Dodge Dart / Viaggio' started by paullybob, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. paullybob

    paullybob Well-Known Member

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    Okay, so just had two Darts flat bedded into the dealership with this problem. No, they are not the same car but two different vehicles with the same sort of break. Something others are seeing or just me so far??


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  2. Shane Estabrooks

    Shane Estabrooks Active Member

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    Wow ..that's not good
     
  3. DBY2014

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    I second Wow that.
     
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  4. JA Cumbo

    JA Cumbo Enjoying the ride.
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    I wonder if the root cause was hitting a curb? I am guessing they are both on the passenger side?
     
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  5. iNeon

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    I’ve seen this on Cherokees that have gotten into minor accidents, as well.

    This is why Darts feel like elephants on roller skates. The underpinnings are for much narrower, lighter cars.

    My personal Dart has always had a funny feeling when giving it gas with the wheels turned, like pulling out of a parking space— feels like the wheels might just give out and fall over.
     
  6. paullybob

    paullybob Well-Known Member

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    Correct...but really, hitting a curb??
     
  7. dana44

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    Agree, this part should have been much beefier or made from steel instead of cast aluminum. Too much stress for such a light duty piece of aluminum.
     
  8. JA Cumbo

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    While I never felt anything weird with my Dart, what you described might explain why the car got so out of control while doing a simple avoidance maneuver and subsequently wiping out and totaling our car last year.
     
  9. JA Cumbo

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    Seems like a lot of modern cars have flimsy suspensions. Seems like older cars could take a lot more abuse.
     
  10. ImperialCrown

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    Aluminum has been used for awhile for suspensions and crossmembers without big problems. Aluminum may break where steel will bend. Both are subject to road salt corrosion.
    I suppose that a low-speed accident where there are no injuries is out of the car manufacturer's hands and placed in the insurance company's hands anyway.
    I saw this happen on LH and JR cars back about 15 years ago, but only from an accident.
    I will agree that I am concerned about this failure happening frequently, if in fact, it is.
     
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  11. dana44

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    I completely agree with your statement, but this part appears a little bit on the light side of dimensions/size in relation to its function and lack of strength to withstand impact.
     
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  12. Shane Estabrooks

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    Hitting curbs is common around here... in winter .. still trying to teach my boys to control speed.. not breaking while turning.. steer through it. So replacing tie rods etc. is common but breaking components .. not something I see very much of. While driving around town we do see a lot of snowbank busting from non winter driving type people.
     
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